For New York Knicks fans, the last two seasons have been tough to endure. In the 2014-15 campaign, the team suffered a franchise-record 65 losses. The next season produced similar futility; only six teams won fewer games than the 32 victories achieved by NY.
But from these ashes sprang a sliver of hope. With the fourth pick in the 2015 draft, the Knicks hit the jackpot with Latvian power forward Kristaps Porzingis. The 7’3” tall Porzingis has given team president Phil Jackson something to build around—and Jackson has been busy.
The 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year said that he dreamed of playing for the Knicks since he was five years old. The son of former French tennis great Yannick Noah and former Miss Sweden Cecilia Rodhe, Noah was born in New York and attended Poly Prep high school in Brooklyn, where his mother and sister still live.
If he had it his way, Noah would retire a Knick. Whether he gets his wish will depend on how well the four new players jell with current Knicks Porzingis and 9-time All Star Carmelo Anthony.
Whether New York is good enough to win a title remains uncertain. But make no mistake—in one offseason, the Knicks have gone from a 50-loss disaster to a legitimate contender to win the Eastern Conference.